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Diamond shapes 

The main diamond shapes can be grouped into seven categories:
 
Round
 
Oval
 
Square (Cushion, Asscher)
 
Rectangular (Princess, Emerald, Radiant)
 
Heart
 
Pear
 
Marquis (like a cross between an oval and a pear - but pointed at both ends)
 
The most popular shape is the round brilliant cut.
 
The diamond shape is a reflection of the wearer's personality so think about the style of jewellery they wear at the moment and what ring design they might like.
 
 
 
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coloured gemstones

Coloured gemstones 

Coloured gemstones are an exciting alternative to diamonds. Each gem has unique characteristics and can give any piece of jewellery the wow factor. It is also good news that there is a gemstone out there for every budget.  
 
All coloured gemstones have the same grading characteristics as diamonds - colour, cut, carat and clarity. So if you needed another reason to start learning the 4Cs then here it is. For more information about the 4Cs, click here.
 
Rubies and sapphires are the most popular gemstones and are actually made out of the same material - corundum. A ruby is a red sapphire whilst the word sapphire is used to describe a gemstone that is violet, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple. Sapphires are most famous for their violet blue to blue colour range.
 
Emeralds are so well known for their deep green colour that the word 'Emerald' has been used to describe everything from eyeshadow to house paint. Emeralds are cut into a distinctive octagonal shape with the corners truncated at angles to protect them from chipping. This style is known globally as the 'emerald cut' and is also a popular cut for diamonds.
 
Topaz crystals are naturally formed in the prism shape and get their rich hues of colour from geological impurities. In its purest form Topaz would be transparent, yet it is most beautiful when used in jewellery that accentuates its wide range of hues from wine red, yellow, reddish-orange to blue-brown. Pink topaz is the most rare.
 

Cleaning your jewellery

To keep your treasured jewellery piece clean we recommend soaking in warm water and polishing regularly with a soft cloth. To really make your ring and diamonds sparkle soak them in a mild solution of one part ammonia and six parts water. Rinse the ring in a warm water and dishwashing liquid to wash off any ammonia residue and then brush with a soft bristled brush.
 
Tips: do not use ultrasonic cleaners if your ring has a pave setting. The tiny vibrations of the machine can loosen stones. A professional will be able to fix any loose stones and clean it for you.
 
Remember that perfumes, cosmetics, ultrasonic cleaning and household chemicals such as bleach can damage jewellery. Storage is important too - it is best to store your jewellery in a protective box or pouch when not in use.
cleaning jewellery
 
diamond certification

Diamond certification

Buying a certified diamond is important for ensuring the quality and value of your diamond. A certified diamond comes with a diamond grading report which is guaranteed by the independent diamond grading laboratory that carried out the certification. The two most respected independent laboratories are the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and International Gemological Institute (I.G.I.). Szabos only work with diamonds that are certified by these laboratories.  
A diamond grading report by one of these independent laboratories is recognized worldwide. The report can be used by appraisers to determine the insurable value of your diamond and is also useful if you ever sell your diamond in the future. A certification will ensure that you make an informed choice about the diamond that you buy and help you compare prices amongst diamonds with similar or identical certifications.